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The Definitive Charley Patton [CD] [1 disc]


  • 1. Mississppi Boweavil Blues
    2. Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues
    3. Down the Dirt Road Blues
    4. Pony Blues
    5. Banty Rooster Blues
    6. It Won't Be Long
    7. Pea Vine Blues
    8. Tom Rushen Blues
    9. Spoonful Blues, A
    10. Shake It and Break It (But Don't Let It Fall Mama)
    11. Prayer of Death Part One
    12. Prayer of Death Part Two
    13. Lord I'm Discouraged
    14. I'm Goin' Home
    15. Going to Move to Alabama
    16. Elder Greene Blues
    17. Circle Round the Moon
    18. Devil Sent the Rain Blues
    19. Mean Black Cat Blues
    20. Frankie and Albert
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Some These Days I''ll Be Gone
    2. Green River Blues
    3. Hammer Blues
    4. Magnolia Blues
    5. When Your Way Gets Dark
    6. Heart Like Railroad Steel
    7. Some Happy Day
    8. You're Gonna Need Somebody When You Die
    9. Jim Lee Blues Part One
    10. Jim Blues Part Two
    11. High Water Everywhere Part One
    12. High Water Everywhere Part Two
    13. Jesue Is a Dying-Bed Maker
    14. I Shall Not Be Moved
    15. Rattlesnake Blues
    16. Running Wild Blues
    17. Joe Kirby
    18. Mean Black Moan
    19. Dry Well Blues
    20. Some Summer Day Part One
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Moon Going Down
    2. Bird Nest Round
    3. Jersey Bull Blues
    4. High Sheriff Blues
    5. Stone Pony Blues
    6. 34 Blues
    7. Love My Stuff
    8. Revenue Man Blues
    9. Oh Death
    10. Troubled 'Bout My Mother
    11. Poor Me
    12. Hang It on the Wall
    13. Farrell Blues
    14. Come Back Corrina
    15. Tell Me Man Blues
    16. Be True, Be True Blues
    17. Yellow Bee
    18. Mind Reader Blues
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): SBOX021

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    The story of Delta blues starts with Charley Patton's slashing slide style, hoarse and gruff vocals, and unerring ability to enliven and enlarge even the most mundane blues lyric. Patton's 78s have been collected in several fine packages, including the JSP box called Complete Recordings: 1929-1934, Catfish's nifty three-disc budget box called The Definitive Charley Patton (this is a straight reissue of that set via Recall), and the last word in all this, the impressive (and expensive) seven-disc Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues from Revenant Records. For those without deep pockets, though, this package really has everything at a decent price, including Patton's best-known songs like "Pony Blues," the two-part "High Water Everywhere," "Down the Dirt Road Blues," "High Sheriff Blues," "A Spoonful Blues," and "Revenue Man Blues." Since Patton's rhythms and overall approach can be repetitive at times, casual listeners wondering what all the fuss is about might be better served with a single-disc release (there are several on the market), but Patton's work is both the big bang and the epicenter of country blues, so going a little deeper and springing for this one makes perfect sense. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Uncut (p.115) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[T]he intensity in his voice is self-evident."
    The Wire (6/01, p.67) - "...It's not often that a budget price reissue deserves the tag indispensable..."
    Living Blues (7-8/01, p.82) - "...The sound is excellent....the perfect Patton set for those who can live without the handful of unissued tracks."
    Mojo (Publisher) (1/02, p.71) - Included in Mojo's "Best Blues Albums of 2001".
    Mojo (Publisher) (6/01, p.118) - "...This is the 1st time those battered old 78s have been remastered to a standard which actually renders them listenable....He wasn't built to last, but his music was."
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